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UK Plans to Bring WildCard to iPhone and Apple Watch

The University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff will be able to add their WildCard student ID to Apple Wallet during the 2019-2020 academic year.
The University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff will be able to add their WildCard student ID to Apple Wallet during the 2019-2020 academic year.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2019) — University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff will be able to add their WildCard student ID to Apple Wallet during the 2019-2020 academic year, making it easier for the UK community to get around campus, access buildings, purchase meals and more with just iPhone and Apple Watch. 

“We are continuously seeking ways to utilize technology and create greater efficiencies with how students, faculty and staff make transactions and conduct business throughout the campus,” said Eric N. Monday, UK’s executive vice president for finance and administration. “Bringing WildCard to iPhone and Apple Watch over the course of the upcoming academic year represents one more step in the evolution of our ID card and payment solutions.”

WildCard in Apple Wallet is not only convenient, it also provides an extra level of security as students will no longer have to worry about misplacing their physical cards. School credentials are also protected by two-factor authentication.

UK officials will implement new card readers on buildings and retrofit old readers, with pilots beginning in the coming academic year.  Details and timeline are still being determined among staff with UK Police, Information Technology Services, Finance and Administration and the Office of the Provost.

WildCard in Apple Wallet works with iPhone 6s and later, and Apple Watch Series 1 and later.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion two years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. The Chronicle of Higher Education judged us a “Great College to Work for,”  and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for three straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.